Of the many things lost in the Marshall Fire, musical instruments can be difficult and expensive to replace. Since the fire broke out, we’ve been working closely with Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) to help replace these instruments.
An outpouring of support
Over 100 instruments that were lost in the fire have been replaced, and there are an additional 100 now in the BVSD inventory for students who need assistance getting one in the future. Over 50 individuals kindly donated their personal instruments, while:
- Future Arts Foundation, Bringing Music to Life, and Spark Music Lessons each ran donation drives, providing 100 instruments to BVSD
- Colorado Music Educator Association and Spark Music Lessons raised money to help offset the repair costs of all of these donated instruments
- Southwest Strings and Buffet Crampon each donated brand new instruments to help fill in the gaps
- Music & Arts and Rocky Mountain Music Repair donated repair services and various accessories and supplies
- Music & Arts, Rocky Mountain Music Repair, Sol Vista Violins, and Scherer Violin Shop provided students who had rental instruments a new one at no charge
Funding repairs and cleaning
Thanks to the community’s generous donations to our Marshall Fire fund, we directed dollars to ensure these donated instruments could be put to use. Impact on Education paid for shipping costs, instrument repair and professional cleaning, which met an immediate need and helped BVSD quickly provide instruments to students impacted by the fire.
Because our community came together to help, we’ve been able to stretch our dollars further and fund other urgent needs.
A small, but meaningful way to support recovery
Having a community willing to contribute really helped to reduce stress for our students and families about how to replace their instruments.
“My best hope is that these efforts enabled our students to get back to making music,” says Aubrey Yeh, Coordinator of Language Arts & Humanities with BVSD. “It was one less thing for families to worry about.”
She says students found handwritten notes inside instrument cases, sharing thoughtful messages of hope with some of the recipients. A few of the instruments were family heirlooms, having been passed through generations, and are now being passed to a new family.
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